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Criminal Justice: Books, Articles, & Other Library Resources

Research basics

  When conducting research, use a variety of types of information resources:

  1. Books: encyclopedias & monographs
  2. Periodicals: scholarly journals, magazines, trade journals, & newspapers
  3. Websites

  Evaluate all information sources for credibility, and ask your instructor or a librarian for help if you're unsure if a source is appropriate for college and professional research.

  Cite your sources using APA citation style or the style recommended by your instructor. [OWL: Link to Purdue Online Writing Lab]

Remember: Librarians are on-call 24/7 to help you with research.

Encyclopedias & other reference books

Start your research by consulting subject encyclopedia which give you:

  1. definitions

  2. topic overview and history

references to other expert research on a topic

Library databases which contain e-encyclopedias:

Example encyclopedias

Books in the SCC/SFCC collections

Search the library catalog to find books on specific subjects. You will find print books and ebooks.

You'll find books on subjects like these:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Law enforcement
  • Police
  • Police reports
  • Evidence
  • Criminal psychology
  • Criminal behavior
  • Imprisonment
  • Alternatives to imprisonment
  • Recidivism
  • Community based corrections

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SCC logo, Skitch holding bookThis guide was created by librarians at Spokane Community College Library.